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SINCE 1905

       In the early 1900s, the eight Radin siblings left Russia and made

their homes in New York City, most settling in Brooklyn. Five of them -

Izzy, Louie, Toni, Sam and Benny Radin, began their restaurant careers

building Jewish delicatessens in Brooklyn and later in Manhattan.

 

       As Izzy Radin was establishing himself in New York, Esther and 

Benjamin Luban opened their own delicatessen at 65 Lee Avenue in

Williamsburg, Brooklyn long before it became the trendy neighborhood many know today. In 1916 Esther and Benjamin’s daughter Rose married Izzy, joining the two restaurant families and unknowingly began generations of what was to become a delicatessen dynasty.

       The Radins and Lubans continued to create food establishments - lunchrooms, luncheonettes and coffee shops alike, stretching across New York City to the 1964 World’s Fair and beyond - even as far as Puerto Rico. In 1973, after decades of success, the last New York Radin’s location at 823 Franklin Avenue closed while the Puerto Rico location ran into the early 1980s.

This map features historical family delicatessen locations.

Click squares on map to view photos.

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1. 65 Lee Ave ΓÇô LubanΓÇÖs.jpg
2. 902 Dekalb ΓÇô Dekalb and Sumner Radin Bros.jpg
3. 1112 Dekalb ΓÇô Dekalb and Broadway RadinΓÇÖs.jpg
4. 60 Sumner Pl ΓÇô Radin & Luban.jpg
5. 49 Graham Ave ΓÇô OK Lunch Room.jpg
6. 1439 Myrtle ΓÇô Radin & Kirsch.jpg
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7. NY Worlds Fair ΓÇô Florida Pavillion.jpg
9. 864 Nostrand Ave ΓÇô RadinΓÇÖs.jpg
10. 823 Franklin Ave ΓÇô RadinΓÇÖs.jpg
11. 1439 Washington Ave ΓÇô Radin & Gold_crop.jpg
12. 1305 Avenue U ΓÇô RadinΓÇÖs.jpg
13. 2210 86th St RadinΓÇÖs.jpg
14. 1913 Mott Ave Far Rockaway ΓÇô RadinΓÇÖs.jpg
15. 801 Ponce De Leon Puerto Rico ΓÇô RadinΓÇÖs.jpg
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17. 335 W 39th St Lucheonette.jpg
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store19WaverlyPl.jpg
20_FFS.jpg

       Throughout the late 70s and into the 80s, Russ Cowan, a fourth generation restaurateur, worked across the country building his skills behind the counter and on the road. From Miami to the Mid-west,

Cowan built locations for  Bagel Nosh, a popular quick-service

bakery/deli before working for the well-known Chicago meat producer,

Vienna Beef. In 1989 he settled with his family in southern New Jersey and purchased the first of his solo ventures into the Jewish delicatessen business. Bread and Bagels was the starting point for multiple different operations that followed.

       In 2005, the Cowans purchased Famous 4th Street, a Philadelphia 

landmark. Over the years with the Cowan family at the helm, Famous

was featured on The Food Network, “The Rachel Ray Show,” and in 

various publications, gaining attention from local and national

celebrities as well as a large crowd of neighborhood regulars.

 

       After 18 years in Philly, Cowan and his family said a bittersweet

goodbye to Famous and returned to South Jersey - curing their own

meat, baking their own desserts and serving the community in their 

own backyard. The return to New Jersey also came with the opportunity to create a full circle moment: re-establishing the Radin’s Delicatessen name 50 years after the last Brooklyn establishment closed. As a fourth generation owner and operator, you can often find Cowan slicing fish behind the counter, cleaning picture frames on the wall, or changing a lightbulb in a case, just as his parents,

grand-parents and great grand-parents alike would have done many years before.

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